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This week the Ed is
taking a well-deserved rest, though we suspect that his holiday will be very
much of a Routemaster variety, as he’ll be sat at home, surrounded by thousands
of Jamaican platters, wondering where to start the cataloguing exercise that
he’s been putting off for 40 years. As it is, we can picture him going purple as
he discovers that the 7” he bought last month for 100 notes is in fact one of
four copies that he already has in his collection. Again. Still, at least he has
his beloved vinyl properly stored, not in the attic, garage or, God forbid, the
garden shed, but in a Fort Knox-style bunker along the lines laid out in the mag
in this month’s RC Investigates. We consulted the British Library
National Sound Archive, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, National
Museums Liverpool, the US National Music Museum in South Dakota and the US
Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, and their experts came up with the do’s
and don’ts of how you should store vinyl, CDs, tapes, signed and other paper
items and photos, vintage clothing and musical instruments. Suffice to say that
your Relative Humidity requires more than just the odd squirt of Linx, and that
Grateful Dead fans may be somewhat perturbed by the amount of acid-free paper
that’s recommended.

As for the rest of the
issue, as the Ed pointed out last time, it’s fronted by our Top 200 Rarest
Records, gleaned from the 2014 Rare Record Price Guide, which, before its
compiler Ian Shirley gets any more threats (besides those from our Production
Editor), we’d like to emphasise that it is a Guide, which as the
Oxford English Dictionary points out is, “a thing that helps someone to
form an opinion”, or “a book providing information on a subject”, as well as “a
member of the Guide Association”. You can probably ignore the latter, but
remember, it’s a Guide, not Gospel and, like the stock-market, record
prices do go up and down, as the feature points out, with some major
risers (and fallers) since the 2012 edition. Still, rare records
out-perform just about any other commodity on the FTSE, so if you own any of the
Top 200, you’ll doubtless be quids in. Best check!

As for the rest of the
December issue, there are words of wisdom from the likes of Crosby Stills
& Nash
, bluesman Gwyn Ashton, Jeff Beck collaborator Beth
, and Cockney Rejects had our ads manager Bill Edwards in
hysterics. Throw in Bruce Foxton from The Jam, the legend that is the
Acid Jazz label, the proto-Procol Harum The Paramounts, Nick
, The Slits’ Viv Albertine, Steve Vai’s mate, Aimee Mann,
Sad Café, Garbage collector Butch Vig, and session-stars Ray
and Mo Foster, and it’s an all-singing, some-dancing,
whopping 164-pager to keep you quiet till Christmas. And it’s the sane
alternative to cataloguing your reggae collection. Nuff said.

The Ed returns, a
mental wreck, from his Studio 1 next week,

Keep on

Tim Jones

News Editor 

Out Now…

RC Top 200

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